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  • D
    We would never recommend the use of Ted Wanland ( of Wanland Builders, Wanland Building Company, Inc. or Wanland Development Co, LLC. Ted was hired to construct our custom home in August of 2014. Expecting a hands on, easy to work with contractor, we were surprised to find the very opposite. The project severely lacked supervision by Ted, and as a result it took significantly longer to build our home than it should have. Almost every aspect of our home was not completed properly on the first attempt. From ducting to siding to painting (to name only a few), work had to be redone again and again resulting in multiple delays and additional costs to us. On more than one occasion we had to monitor the situation to make sure that Ted did not cut corners when attempting to rectify an issue. Attention to detail was almost nonexistent. Ted was rarely on property. By the end of the build, all professionalism by Mr. Wanland was lost. He would not return phone calls. He would storm off property. He would make demands for payment on items he had not yet completed. We finally moved in December of 2015. The 30 days for Punch List items dragged on and on. In August of 2016, while Ted was still working on the Punch List, we decided to get copies of the Certificate of Occupancy for our own records. It was then that we learned that Ted had actually only completed three of the required four final inspections, and he never applied for our Occupancy Certificate. Our village was more than understanding and imposed a small fine considering they could have charged Wanland Builders hundreds of dollars per day dating back to the day we moved into the home. Wanland Builders never paid the fine and shortly afterwards walked off the job never responding to us again. He does, however, still send his seasonal advertising flyers to us.  A further example of his lack of attention to detail.  If you are looking for a quality home builder, look elsewhere.
    - Alison E.
  • A
    Coast to Coast Masonry Group Inc
    It is unusual for me to write a review, but in the case of Coast to Coast it had to be done. Romen and his colleagues are fabulous. On time, polite, outstanding workmanship and clean!!! They matched my existing mortar color and you would never know it was not the original. I have had a lot of work done on this old house of mine and must say I have never been more satisfied . It was a pleasure to work with them and see what good work looks like !!!!
    - Debbie M.
  • A
    Tom Mordini and his crew were not just good, they were great.  Every single day Tom was here at 8am.  He ensured to put together the best basement possible within our budget.  He was detailed, used high quality materials, always friendly, and extremely responsive.  Tom did more than we paid for.  When Tom wasn't here himself, he would regularly check in with us and his crew to ensure the job was being done on time.  Tom is incredibly detailed and quite picky about cleanliness.  We have never, ever seen a crew that is this clean.

    We highly recommend Tom for any job.  He is unbelievably organized and responsive.  We will absolutely be using Tom for our next project.  He's not just great at what he does, he's a genuinely nice guy and a pleasure to work with.
    - Karen K.
  • F
    Luxe design build group
    The worst of the worst. A complete and total crook. I am by far the largest "customer" that Shaf ripped off, but by far not the only one. There are a group of us petitioning the attorney general and also attending his court hearings to see that he gets put of out business.
    My case is famous, as it has been written up in Crains Chicago Business. Mr. Shaf was hired to build a house based upon speicifcations. We had trusted him because of previous family involvement with his family, the reputation of the Shaf name and the quality construction that his grandfather had built homes with. We thought that would translate from generation. We were wrong and we paid DEARLY for it.
    There is nothing Adam Shaf did NOT do to harm us. He intentionally low-balled the contract price, then padded the contract with extras. He reported to build according to contract, but he used substandard materials and substandard labor. There isnt a room in our large home that hadnt had to be ripped out and rebuilt.
    In addition, he stole materials off our property. Both items we purchased outside of his control and items purchased through him. And I have total proof of my allegations, checks given to him and cashed for materials we never received. Furthermore, as is his pattern, he would issue checks to contractors which he bounced, forcing them all off the jobs. 
    We sued him. You would ask, why would I not become successful and be made whole? Because the laws in Illinois favor the contractor. And this reveals the true expertise of Mr. Adam Shaf- he knows the laws and knows what he can get away with, so he has been able to swindle many clients over the last several years.
    Just take my review to be one of many, many customers who were lured to him by the Shaf name, and ended up in lawsuits. Please review all the cases filed in Cook and especially Lake counties in Illinois. He needs to be put out of business, which sounds easier than ti is. Some have successfully received judgments. Some like us have been tied up in litigation for years. But he goes on, changing company names, changing owners (please check ownership on all his businesses- its never him), changing personnel, and swindling other people. I am dedicated among many others in trying to save others, and put him out of business.
    Please do your due diligence, and google/research Mr. Shaf. It won't be too hard to back up what I am saying. Thank yo for listening.

    - Kenneth R.
  • A
    Fagin Construction
    Fagin Construction scheduled an appointment within a day of my phone call. Mr. Fagin was very professional and polite. He explained the options that would work for my project. He brought window samples and explained the pros and cons of each option. He was very knowledgeable regarding the products recommended. I called him several times with questions before making my decision. He always returned my calls promptly. My windows were installed within the estimated time frame and with expert workmanship. The employees of Fagin Construction were clean, polite, and very professional. I will definitely use them again for remodeling projects in my home.
    - Kandra H.
  • A
    ABM Construction & Son
    All work was done as per schedule and as per the drawings.  Normally with builders if there is a change in plan and if we deviate from their process flow, that is when things fall apart, it get expensive and work gets delayed. 

    With ABM builders, Tony was always one step ahead of us. He has an eye for style and looks into every thing minutely, in short be has a passion for doing thing right the first time and enjoys his work. There are some things that he has done for free with out charging us, because he thought its the right thing to do. 

    All in all, very honest and you need to lay it out to him as you want, what is it you want and he will deliver. I will always use him for any kind of job, big or small and Tony will never say NO. 

    - Stan M.
  • A
    Chi Renovation & Design
    Chi Renovation was a great company to work with. When I first decided to do a kitchen renovation, I got several different estimates. After looking at a bunch of different  reviews I ended up going with Chi Renovation. I?m glad I did ? they were very reliable and professional. I didn?t know exactly what to expect from a contractor so I thought they would only help with the kitchen remodeling part, but I really needed help with the design part too. They were very helpful and had a lot of great ideas about what I could do. They were organized and started by showing me different samples. With their assistance I chose great dark cabinets and also chose to use the same granite for the countertops and backsplash, which gives the kitchen a very sleek look. They are wonderfully skilled contractors and they really did a beautiful, clean job. Just as importantly, they were very honest and I really felt like I could trust them. If I ever do another renovation I will definitely go with them.
    - Mark M.
  • A
    Benchmark Design Build Remodel Inc
    The wall unit we thought could be built with existing cabinets turned out to be impossible, for the specific measurements we required for the size of the TV, location of the speakers, etc. So Geoff spent quiet some time to design the wall unit from scratch, and the final work is beautifully designed, crafted, and functioned just as required. The quality of his craftsmanship got to demonstrated via this center piece of the basement. He also suggested smart ways to hide the wires for the 9 speakers going surround the walls, again, great craftsmanship.
    Geoff needs to drive long way from his home to our place, and each day he came on time, and worked long hours to complete our basement before our required deadline. He communicates with us throughout the process to make sure we understand the progress, the material options, alternative solutions when we hit some unseen problems.
    The overall quality of Geoff's work is the best, and his nice and warm personality is also the best to work with. He and his team demonstrated the definition of integrity, hardworking, and efficiency.
    We will definitely choose to work with him and company in the future, and already recommended him and company to many of our friends.  
    - Ling W.
  • A
    Somerset Builders
    The senior guy there is Artur Matraszek. He worked with the Architect and I that he put me in touch with. We are delighted with the home and we are delighted with the construction. We are delighted what we paid for per square foot. He knows what he is doing and he has subcontractors that are real craftsman. Anyone would know that if they walked into my home. I think that he has an MBA and has been building for a long time and it shows with his relationships in the industry.
    - Alan W.
  • A
    On time, everyday
    Within budget.
    Accommodates change orders with professionalism.
    Knows the right contractors to bring in to perform electrical, plumbing, etc.  Otherwise he does all other work.
    Cleans area at end of the day and leaves no trash behind.
    - Michael D.
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